Based on the original Psychtoolbox developed by David Brainard and Denis Pelli, Psychtoolbox-3 (http://psychtoolbox.org) is a popular (http://psychtoolbox.org/citations) piece of free and open-source software for neuroscience research, with a history going back over 20 years. As of June 2016, according to Google Scholar, over 13500 published scientific articles cite at least one of the three articles describing it. Despite its popularity, since over 10 years Psychtoolbox-3 doesn’t receive any funding for its ongoing development and maintenance. Moreover, since June 2013, Mario Kleiner, the main developer and maintainer of Psychtoolbox-3, works full time on Psychtoolbox without any financial or other compensation, essentially treating Psychtoolbox ongoing development and future-proofing as a very time consuming and expensive “hobby”. As this is not sustainable much longer, we need to find ways of funding future development and this survey is an important part of this efforts.
The frequency and quality of answers to this survey can have a direct influence on the availability of short-term bridge funding for the development, maintenance and support of PTB-3 and thereby on the future health of PTB-3, so enthusiastic participation in the survey matters! Second it tries to get a grasp on the hardware and software on which PTB-3 is used or will be used. This will influence decisions on which hardware to support. Third it tries to collect a wish list for new features or for the improvement of existing features, mostly to help prioritize work towards the more important features. You can also give free-form feedback to the current maintainer at the end.
Only 6 questions are essential. You can skip the rest, although we encourage you to answer many of the optional questions as well. This is a chance for you to help prioritize the features you care about most.
We need one response per lab. Anyone with sufficient insights into your labs operation can do it. Please volunteer to do it for your lab.
Thanks for participating!